Barak Obama said about those boys and girls in Afghanistan who learns for their lives and reject extremism; such as Daesh group.
“I think of the girls who have braved taunts or violence just to go to school in Afghanistan, and the university students who started programs online to reject the extremism of organizations like ISIL,” President Obama said in his final address to the United Nations General Assembly.
He noted about terrorist networks who use social media for hunting youths brains and ignite rage against Muslims and refugees.
“Terrorist networks use social media to prey upon the minds of our youth, endangering open societies and spurring anger against innocent immigrants and Muslims. Powerful nations contest the constraints placed on them by international law,” Obama added.
President Obama also called for more global cooperation especially in helping refugees from war-torn countries – while making only passing reference to the Islamic State and the ever-expanding scourge of like-minded terror groups.
President Obama, in his final address as president before the U.N. General Assembly, called Tuesday for more global cooperation especially in helping refugees from war-torn countries – while making only passing reference to the Islamic State and the ever-expanding scourge of like-minded terror groups.
The president called for a “course correction” for globalization to ensure nations don’t retreat into a more sharply divided world, while pushing back against an isolationist approach gaining popularity in many countries.
He advocated for open democracies and open economies, while railing against the example set by Russia and calling for more tolerance in all nations.
He also took what appeared to be a jab at Donald Trump, saying: “The world is too small for us to simply be able to build a wall” and prevent extremism from affecting societies.
With that message in hand, Obama urged nations to “follow through even when the politics are hard,” in helping refugees fleeing conflict.
“We have to open our hearts and do more to help refugees who are desperate for a home,” he said. “We have to have the empathy to see ourselves.”
The appeal comes ahead of a refugee summit Obama was hosting Tuesday afternoon with the leaders of Jordan, Mexico, Sweden, Germany, Canada and Ethiopia, along with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Yet despite Obama’s focus toward the end of his speech on the refugee crisis, he made little mention of terrorism, aside from describing how persecution and intolerance in the Middle East contributed to the Syrian civil war and the “mindless medieval menace” of ISIS – and saying this violence “will not be quickly reversed.”
In the meantime, As annual general debate begins, Secretary-General called for world leaders’ commitment to ‘new heights of solidarity’ in forging better future.
“My message to all is clear,” Mr. Ban said in opening remarks. “Serve your people. Do not subvert democracy; do not pilfer your country’s resources; do not imprison and torture your critics.” In too many places, leaders were rewriting constitutions, manipulating elections and taking other desperate measures that would enable them to cling to power. Holding office was a trust granted by the people, not personal property, he emphasized.
Secretary-General Ban said that after 10 years in office, he was more convinced than ever that “we have the power to end war, poverty and persecution”.
The Sustainable Development Goals offered a manifesto for a better future, and the Paris Agreement on climate change, a blueprint for tackling the “defining challenge of our time”.
And yet, those gains were threatened by conflict and failures of governance that had pushed societies over the brink.
Their tragic consequences were on full display from Yemen to Libya and Iraq, from Afghanistan to the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, he said.
In Syria, many groups had killed innocent people, but none more so than that country’s Government.
Attending the general debate today were representatives of Governments that had ignored, facilitated, funded, participated in or even planned atrocities against Syrian civilians, he noted.